I’m always genuinely interested in all the books about motherhood that I can find. It’s something that truly is one of my main interests as my main job right now is to mother four young children. So, when I saw the book Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation by Marina Slayton, I was looking forward to an interesting read.
In this book, Marina, a mom with four children ranging from their mid-20s down to the teenage years gives advice along the way to moms that she’s gleaned from her experience with motherhood. She begins with foundational chapters on love, belonging and creating a family vision. Then, she moves into practical chapters on breaking generational curses, realizing that you’ll never be perfect, and choosing to focus on eternal pursuits rather than temporal ones. There are also chapters on sex and drugs, encouraging your children, building community, and making time in a busy age. At the end, there are also chapters specifically written for single Moms and working moms.
Throughout the book, there are wonderful examples of wisdom and loving parenting in an age that has truly gone crazy. There’s great “middle of the road” advice that moms of all persuasions and backgrounds can find useful and valuable. Of the whole book, I found the chapter on breaking generational curses to be the most interesting because I’ve seen how hard it is to break the patterns that are left to us by our parents and grandparents. Slayton, especially is in a position to be able to discuss generational curses and how difficult and freeing the power of forgiveness has been in her life. In the end, there’s fantastic advice, interspersed with graceful autobiographical details, making this a great book for any mom to read.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!